A small but mighty museum, the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (ASC), seeks a dynamic, art-loving, hard-working Curator of Collections & Exhibitions. The ideal candidate will have experience working with an American Alliance of Museums accredited institution and diverse audiences. ASC holds a jewel of an art collection within the scope of Arkansas artists, Art of the Delta, and African American artists. We believe that museums are centers of learning, diversity, creativity, and fun. Our Permanent Collection and Exhibition program plays an essential role in ASC's community engagement.
The ideal candidate will hold a Bachelor’s Degree in art history, museum studies, or a related field and have a minimum of 3 years of museum experience at an AAM accredited institution, and a desire to flourish in a museum environment. The Curator will learn, or advance skills in, all aspects of collections and exhibitions including curatorial, collections care, and exhibition preparation.
Salary commensurate with experience, $50,000 -$55,000.
This position reports to the Executive Director, Arts & Science Center Board of Trustees, and the Arts & Science Center Endowment Board of Directors. The Curator oversees the duties and tasks of the Museum Registrar and curatorial interns.
Through formal education and professional experience, the Curator connects the Permanent Collection of art to the timeline of art history through the lenses of the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas’ scope of collecting and exhibition: Arkansas artists, Art of the Delta, and art by African American artists.
• Research and development of all aspects of art exhibitions including content, artist contact, and management
• Research regarding artists, genres, and relevance to the Collection
• Acquisition development according to the Collections Policy
• Balancing Exhibitions according to the Exhibition Policy
• Establishing exhibition calendars
• Schedule all aspects to meet exhibition calendaring
• Preparation of Letters of Agreement and contracts
• Preparation of exhibition budgets
• Writing catalogs, wall text, object labels, and other written content
• Complying with Rights and Reproduction and Intellectual Property laws
• Utilizing digital skills for catalog design including layout, image sizing, and file compatibility
• Public speaking and other front-line communication
• Complying with committee and meeting protocol including setting agendas, keeping meeting minutes, and permanent files
• Managing and evaluating duties of the Museum Registrar and curatorial interns
• Other duties as assigned
COLLECTIONS CARE Through formal education and professional experience, the Curator cares for the Permanent Collection in accordance with American Alliance of Museums’ best practices, including:
• Art handling
• Art storage
Collections policy and procedure
• General conservation and environmental control guidelines
• Environmental controls including temperature, RH, and UV
• Integrated Pest Management
• Accession and deaccession procedures
Other duties as assigned
EXHIBITION PREPARATION In-house preparation of community exhibition artwork and works from the ASC Permanent Collection require experience with the following:
• Object care during exhibition preparation and while on exhibition
• Framing, including in-house frames and custom framing
• Mat cutting
• Budget preparation for framing
• Purchasing supplies
• Storage of incoming loans, temporary loans, and shipping materials
• Exhibition mounting including layout, measurement and hanging
• Signage including vinyl, text panels, and labels
• Gallery wall repair and prep and painting of pedestals
• Maintain frames, plexiglass vitrines, mats, and plexiglass +
• Art to frame reciprocity system
• Frugal use of resources while maintaining archival standards
• Lifting, standing, and climbing ladders
• Bachelor’s degree required (art history, museum studies, or related field), advanced degree preferred.
• Minimum 3 years of experience in professional art setting, preferably an AAM accredited museum
• Proof of excellent organizational skills
• Proof of exceptional writing and communication skills
• Excellent Word and Excel skills
• Knowledge of museum software, Past Perfect5 preferred
• Knowledge of graphic design software, Adobe Suite preferred
• Knowledge of Squarespace web design, a plus
• Knowledge of Lapentor or another 3D virtual exhibition software, a plus
• Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Stamina to stand, climb ladders, and lift up to 35 lbs. • Valid driver’s license, good driving record and access to transportation
• Availability to travel • Flexibility regarding work schedule which will include some evenings and weekends
Special Requirements & Compensation This year round, full-time position with full benefits requires a flexible schedule to accommodate programs, events, and after-hours work including weekend and evening hours.
Annual compensation includes a salary range of $50,000 - $55,000 depending on experience, plus health insurance, paid sick/leave time, and paid holidays.
The incumbent should have a valid driver's license, be able to lift items up to 30 pounds, handle tools or controls, climb a ladder, and travel periodically for programs or meetings. Position open until filled. No phone calls please.
Application package includes three components:
1. A cover letter which must include: a. Your area of interest, academic training, and job experience in collections and exhibitions management, museum studies, art history, or a related field (specify). The letter must be specific to how your skills fit the ASC position. b. Save file with your last name and word “Letter” (i.e., SmithLetter)
2. Updated resume. a. Save file with your last name and word “Resume” (i.e., SmithResume)
b. Include three professional references Submission process:
1. Email two files to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Subject line should read: Your last name and the word “Job Application” (i.e., Joe Smith Job Application)
Equal Employment Opportunity The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
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